Are you the type of person who likes to stand out in a crowd, or blend in? Even if you are a little shy or timid, it doesn’t hurt to stand out a little bit–even in a subtle way. This idea can even translate to your design style.
Get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint! That’s right… it’s time for another Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week. This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Samantha Price. Samantha works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers across the Milwaukee area create the homes of their dreams.
Samantha points out that most people use their main furniture pieces–sofa, chairs, table, etc. as a guide when picking out the paint color for a room. When doing this, don’t be afraid to go a few shades lighter or darker than the main furniture pieces. She explains, “This will help the pieces be more visible, and stand out in the room. You spent a lot of time and money picking out the right sofa, don’t be afraid to showcase it!
A common mistake people make is painting the walls too close of a color to the sofa, making the sofa blend in and not stand out. Samantha adds, “If you’re feeling really bold, pick a color in the accent pillows for an even stronger contrast! This will also help give the room dimension, which is another design tip to help keep the eye moving, by providing visual interest.”
Great advice Samantha! Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
As you get set to redecorate the living room, you are likely pretty focused on the sofa, and other large statement items. We’re here to remind you–don’t overlook the accessories!
This week’s tip comes from one of our Steinhafels Greenfield designers. Ida Grossman’s been designing for over 20 years, and has worked on hundreds of luxury homes.
Today, she takes that expertise to offer us FIVE simple tips for snazzing up your ottoman trays and cocktail tables:
- Rule of 3’s: Three items work well
- Vary the height of the items
- Consider selecting at least one sculptural accessory
- Contrast color & texture
- Use repetition of form and color
In this first photo, the tall sphere provides architectural interest. The round greenery does triple duty by softening the sharp lines of the tall piece, repeating the sphere shape, and adding texture to the composition. The vase repeats the round shape four times, and adds contrast with texture and color.
The sculptural shape of the lady’s profile creates an interesting focal point. The shiny dark exterior of all three accessories repeat the texture and color of the black pillow and the metal table base. The dark accessories pop against the light gray sofa, and the lady’s profile is a beautiful contrast in texture and color against the white fur pillow. Notice how the vases are staggered, and stair step down to lead your eye toward the lady!
We post thoughtful and practical decor tips every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
Are you looking to make some major updates on your home? Do you want a neutral color pallet with pops of color, but don’t know where to start?
This week’s Decorating Solution’s Tip Of The Week is a little different than most. Instead of just one simple tip, our designer is sharing some of her step by step, insider knowledge from a recent project!
Ida Grossman is an interior decorator at our Greenfield store. For this project she was tasked with helping a couple revamp a childhood farmhouse. Ida says she wanted to create beauty & function by applying these basic elements of design:
Contrast—Adds interest to any room design. In this room, a sharp contrast is seen between the dark brown of the sectional fabric & the wood finish on the tables and the ivory found in the carpet, tufted ottomans, and fur accent pillows.
Proportion—A room that is out of proportion feels wrong to the human eye. The large elements in this room are proportioned correctly, making it feel right.
Color— Repetition in a room creates movement as the eye follows the path of the repetition through the space. Notice how turquoise, the pop color in this pallet, is positioned throughout the room.
Balance—Achieving balance in a room is key. In this design balance is achieved through the varied use of colors and textures.
Even if these concepts don’t directly apply to your project, hopefully this post gives you some insight into what will work best for you. If you need any help, feel free to call your local Steinhafels or stop in–one of our designers would love to help you out!
You can read more about Ida’s project in this recent Onmilwaukee.com ARTICLE.
Take some of the guesswork out of interior design! We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
Are you looking to give your home an updated look? One of the main things to look for is the element of CONTRAST within the space.
This week’s #DecoratingSolutions interior design tip come from one of our Chicagoland designers. Michelle Micolta works in our Vernon Hills store, but her experience spans across the globe–working on installations in cities like Las Vegas, Dubai, and Sao Paulo!
Michelle gives us an inside look at her process. She says, “Once I nail down the flooring and wall color in a room, everything else becomes a game of, ‘Is this piece of furniture/accessory contrasting enough against its environment?’”
She goes on to explain, “If everything is one color, the space will start to look monotone, and everything will blend into each other too much. It will do nothing for the eye. If you focus on contrast as being the number one priority in your design, your end effect will feel balanced and connected.”
We post thoughtful tips like Michelle’s each week! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.
You can check out Michelle’s gallery of work on her Instagram!